Gabe Newell Hates Everything!

October 11, 2007

Gabe NewellHalf-Life and Half-Life 2 brought Gabe Newell just about everything but tact. The only thing as big as the Half-Life franchise is Newell’s mouth. He apparently hates just about everything that isn’t a PC running Windows XP.

Here are some choice quotes from Newell on:

The Playstation 3: “I think [PS3 is] a waste of everybody’s time. Investing in the Cell, investing in the SPE gives you no long-term benefits. There’s nothing there that you’re going to apply to anything else. You’re not going to gain anything except a hatred of the architecture they’ve created.”

The Xbox 360 and Vista: “Look, I spoke to some people at Microsoft, and as I said, I can’t point to a single feature in Vista that I care about that solves problems for us at all. And I had the same conversation with the Xbox 360 guys. It’s like, Xbox 360 doesn’t make my life any better, and in fact, it makes it a lot worse, as you’re telling me I can’t count on having a hard drive.”

Vista and DirectX 10: He was quoted as having said that Microsoft Microsoft made a terrible mistake releasing DirectX 10 for Vista only and excluding Windows XP. He said this decision affected the whole industry as so far only a very small percentage of players can use DirectX 10.

Your mother: Your mother is a sea hag.

The Mac: “…they seem to think that they want to do gaming, but there’s never any follow through on any of the things they say they’re going to do. That makes it hard to be excited about doing games for their platforms.”

Like the guy or hate the guy, agree with what he says or disagree with what he says, Newell just seems to be an outspoken being of bitterness and hatred. . .
Actually I wonder if he could be a guest writer for this blog.


Deus Ex 2: Visible Taint

October 11, 2007

Deus Ex 2: Invisible War had all the makings of an excellent sequel, it had the name recognition of its game of the year predecessor, it was set in a well crafted universe that was open to a sequel and the director and producers involved with the original game were also involved with this project. Despite all of the good things going for it and the excellent reviews it was getting on the Xbox, PC gamers felt slighted. Why did PC gamers feel slighted? Do I ask more rhetorical questions? Read on to find out. Read the rest of this entry »


Growlanser: Legend of the Extras

October 9, 2007

Lately Atlus has been selling games stateside bundled with a ton of extras. Extras are nice and collectible…but don’t forget the standard editions for people who just want to play the game. Take the following example:

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What would possess someone to try and fit so many things in one game box? Let’s see, it comes with: the game, 100 page artbook, multimedia CD with soundtrack and artwork, a keychain, 3 buttons (think political buttons), and 2 lenticular cards. Not to mention the box has no support for the corners or center. So how many people would actually use any of this stuff? The art book is paperback but contains pieces from all of the Growlanser series. It was pretty well made. The multimedia CD is alright I suppose. The lenticular cards… I suppose you could carry them around in your wallet to amuse children, but other than that they’re useless. The buttons are huge and poorly made. They remind me of political buttons you can get at any rally. Since next year is an election year, I can just collect a bunch of buttons and tape pictures over them. Pictures of things I actually want to see, not the Growlanser logo or little fairies. And finally we come to the keychain. This thing comes in its own box and seems to be a centerpiece in the package. However, it’s very heavy, bulky and inflexible. You’d have to be a big fan to carry that thing around in lieu of a smaller keychain.

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The Definition of Console Taint

October 9, 2007

Console taint is a term that was coined to describe video game titles, that are released for both PC and video game consoles, that lack a certain degree of sophistication that PC gamers are used to. This could be anything from lack of standard features (e.g. quicksave), strange defaults (e.g. autoaim on by default in a FPS), minimal options, strange options for PC games, game mechanic simplifications, etc.

I’ll review games I thought were worthy of the dubious distinction of being tainted.

Stay tuned.


Blog Launch

October 8, 2007

This blog was created because there was a lot of frustrations which shooting squirrels and taking candy from babies couldn’t relieve. An outlet was needed to vent on various things about gaming specifically, but also other things as needed. I guess in time it might become more mellow, but right now there is much musing to be had by criticizing others.

A couple of other things will be thrown into the mix but it’s mainly an outlet for various things in gaming we feel are taking the wrong direction. Along with it will be some words on upcoming games as well as thoughts on rumors circulating about. If nothing else, you should stick around to read up on our ignorance and general intolerance of modern American video gaming. Maybe along the way I’ll also discover why the second space I put after a period apparently disappears when the post is published.